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How would you feel about a human/ape hybrid ?


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 10:44 AM


Richard Dawkins – author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion – muses on the effect of breaking down the barrier between humans and animals, perhaps by the creation of a chimera in a lab or a "successful hybridisation between a human and a chimpanzee".

Dawkins: "Our ethics and our politics assume, largely without question or serious discussion, that the division between human and 'animal' is absolute. 'Pro-life', to take just one example, is a potent political badge, associated with a gamut of ethical issues such as opposition to abortion and euthanasia.

What it really means is pro-human-life. Abortion clinic bombers are not known for their veganism, nor do Roman Catholics show any particular reluctance to have their suffering pets 'put to sleep'. In the minds of many confused people, a single-celled human zygote, which has no nerves and cannot suffer, is infinitely sacred, simply because it is 'human'. No other cells enjoy this exalted status."

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 12:50 PM

If we broke down the barrier between us and animals, wouldn't that mean we're equals? Some would be appalled at this.


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:42 PM

It is sickening and repulsive.


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:52 PM

I think this is one of those classic cases of let's not ask if we can, instead let's ask if we should.

The answer, in case anyone is wondering, is no.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:53 PM

Super intelligent chimps? The real question is, why haven't we made them already?

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:55 PM

didn't something like this already happen? it was something like a human/chimp hybrid or something like that  hmm.gif


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:17 PM

How would I feel? Sick. About the human race. Stop playing God. You are not Gods. You are children.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:37 PM

Hey dawkins, it's already been done.  Yo mama!


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 03:30 PM

They would be making monsters, not the missing link.


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 03:33 PM

Hm. I think it's be interesting.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:08 PM

Don't mess with nature, we developed the way we did for a reason.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:52 PM

hasnt this story been posted before???

anyways hasnt someone tried that before???
and if they did do it what would be the point?
and he said they could also create a chimera.
so thats all hes doing is building monsters,just cause he can??
he might be an atheist, but i belive he sees himself as God.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:57 PM

We are animals, therefore they are equal with us.

This is no more wrong in nature than a donkey and a horse breeding and yet you are 'sickened' by it? Why do you hold the human race in such a high regard?


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:00 PM

Bender. on Jan 8 2009, 08:57 AM, said:

We are animals, therefore they are equal with us.

This is no more wrong in nature than a donkey and a horse breeding and yet you are 'sickened' by it? Why do you hold the human race in such a high regard?


That is natural, it happens out in the paddock, not in viles in the lab.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:53 PM

The question to ask, among others, is would YOU want to be the outcome of this experiment.  If not, leave it alone.





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